Matric pupils have been saved from a ‘grave injustice’, mentioned the SA Democratic Teachers Union (Sadtu) and the National Professional Teachers’ Organisation of SA (Naptosa) following a judgment that matrics do not have to rewrite two leaked ultimate papers.
“Sanity prevailed” within the court judgment that put aside the requirement that matrics ought to rewrite the Mathematics II and Physical Science II examination papers, after the invention that they’d been leaked, Naptosa mentioned.
According to Naptosa, the choice to make everyone rewrite these topics was an overreaction. It counseled the court for its “sober consideration of the facts”.
However, the union hoped there wouldn’t be a rush to attraction.
“We call on them to accept the judgment and to rather expend their energies on seeing that those responsible for the leaks be brought to justice and to leave it to the Irregularities Committee to deal with the matter,” mentioned Naptosa.
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The union additionally appealed to Umalusi to settle for the judgment and not let the “limited” leaks cloud their determination to certify the integrity of the 2020 nationwide senior certificates (NSC) exams.
Sadtu felt it will have been unfair to make the pupils rewrite as a result of the investigation had not been concluded.
“Based on the initial investigation which showed that the number of learners who may have seen the paper are less than 195 out of the 339 000 who wrote the maths paper, which translates to less than 0.06% and an even lower percentage in respect of the physical science paper, there was no basis for a national rewrite,” Sadtu mentioned in an announcement.
“Our children are tired and need to be protected from any trauma which might have long-term psychological effects. We urge the learners to focus on the last few subjects, rest and recharge as they prepare to further their studies at institutions of higher learning next year.”
Sadtu urged commentators and analysts to be honest and to encourage the pupils, as a substitute of casting doubt on their futures.
Meanwhile, the DA known as on the Department of Basic Education to respect the court’s determination to keep away from additional delays and disruptions to the 2020 educational 12 months.
The opposition get together mentioned it was shocked that within the court papers, the schooling division may not say who was answerable for the choice.
In its opinion, the investigation into the supply of the leak was not enough.
“This issue should have been addressed immediately after the leak was identified. If it had been, further leaks could have been prevented and the extent could have been better identified which could have avoided the need for a national rewrite.”
It has urged the division to work with high quality assurer Umalusi to guarantee that the integrity of the 2020 NSC is protected.
Following a brief investigation, a preliminary report into the leaks, and an ultimatum by Umalusi that mentioned it will not recognise the outcomes of the 2 papers in the event that they have been not rewritten, Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga introduced that the 2 exams must be taken once more.
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The announcement left pupils devastated. Many had already handed of their textbooks, removed their notes, or travelled to household who lived away from their colleges for the longer-than-usual vacation.
The minister determination led to the litigation. Several pupils, the South African Democratic Teachers’ Union, and foyer group AfriForum approached the Gauteng High Court in Pretoria to have the choice put aside.
On Friday, Judge Norman Davis discovered that the choice to have matric pupils rewrite the exams was illegal, finding that the minister was not authorised to make such a name.
Department spokesperson Elijah Mhlanga later tweeted that the division was learning the judgment.
Meanwhile, a person working for a corporation that was contracted to print the examination papers was arrested in the middle of the investigation into the leak. Themba Daniel Shikwambana appeared in court in reference to the Mathematics II leak and was launched on bail.
He will return to court on 27 January.
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